Just the Way You Are (2015)

Director: Theodore Boborol
Writer: Kimberly Joy Villanueva (based on a novel by)
Stars: Enrique Gil, Liza Soberano,

Drake gets into a betting game with his best friend, which involves courting the unsuspecting Sophia. When Sophia finally falls for him, Drake must tell her that everything was just a game. A bet.


Pambata. While the two leads are getting along, gumaganda din ang hair ni girl. At nung magiging sila na, maganda~~ na si girl dahil wala nang braces. Sus. Obviously, I was bored haha.


Seven Sundays (2017)

Director: Cathy Garcia-Molina
Stars: Ronaldo Valdez, Aga Muhlach, Dingdong Dantes, Cristine Reyes, Enrique Gil

The Bonifacio siblings reunite when they find out their father is diagnosed with cancer. In the process, they have to deal with unresolved issues among themselves before it’s too late.



Sana Maulit Muli (1995)

Director: Olivia M. Lamasan
Writers: Jose Javier Reyes, Olivia M. Lamasan
Stars: Aga Muhlach, Lea Salonga

Agnes and Jerry’s relationship becomes distant when Agnes migrates to America.


One of Filipino suckers for romantic drama favorites. This is one of those movies that no matter how many times you’ve already seen it, when it plays on the cable, you just gotta stop what you’re doing and re-watch it. It is that good.


Sakaling Hindi Makarating (2016)


Director: Ice Idanan
Writers: Ice Idanan
Stars: Alessandra de Rossi, Teri Malvar, Pepe Herrera, JC Santos

A series of mysterious hand-illustrated postcards take a young woman on a journey throughout the Philippines in search of its anonymous writer.


I’ve waited so long for this. Finally, I was able to see it tonight. Ang ganda-ganda. From the opening scene ’til the end credits, the film was aesthetically marvelous.

While I was expecting a different plot, I was quite amazed by how the story went. The creators proved that it doesn’t have to be a love story for a film to have a great story.

Sakaling Hindi Makarating is a story of finding someone, but the protagonist ended up finding herself in the process. It doesn’t hurt that she was able to do so by going around the Philippines. Guys, ang ganda ng Pilipinas. I almost forgot how beautiful my country is (because these days, all I do is dream about going abroad). I know the film speaks to many of us who are constantly looking for something–something that seemed to be missing in our life. Kung may eksena kang hanap-hanap ng sarili chuchu, panoorin mo ‘to.

Plus the actors are all de-kalidad.


Seklusyon (2016)


Director: Erik Matti
Writer: Anton C. Santamaria (screenplay)
Stars: Rhed Bustamante, Neil Ryan Sese, Ronnie Alonte

In 1947 those aspiring to be priest, are sent to a remote convent to live in seclusion(Seklusyon) on the last day of their training. The purpose is to shield them from evil of the world. The plot thickens when a mysterious young girl comes to the convent but the question is whether she is really sent by God or by the Evil. This is the challenge awaits the candidates.


Promising plot, bad execution.


Die Beautiful (2016)


Director: Jun Lana
Stars: Paolo Ballesteros, Joel Torre, Gladys Reyes, Christian Bables

Trisha, a Filipino transgender woman, suddenly dies while being crowned in a beauty pageant. Her last wish was to be presented as a different celebrity on each night of her wake, but her conservative father wants to bury her as a man. Trisha’s friends are left with no choice but to steal her body and hold the wake in a secret location. And as Trisha is transformed to look like different celebrities, they also look back at the colorful and extraordinary life that she has led – being a son, a sister, a mother, a friend, a lover, a wife, and ultimately, a queen.


This film is super good. It’s the only film I’ve seen so far in this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, but I know it’s safe to say it’s one of the best entries. Paolo Ballesteros acted surprisingly good he seemed to be a pro in acting. Other elements that make this film good is its aesthetics, Paolo transformed into different celebrities via make up. The dialogues were realistic, plus the supporting cast were great in their roles as well.